Archives for July 2014

Japanese citizen sentenced for $557,000 bank fraud in which he recruited compatriots to open accounts

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Japanese citizen was sentenced in federal court in Oakland July 11 to four years and three months in prison for conspiring in a $557,000 bank fraud in which he recruited compatriots to come to the United States to open accounts used in the scheme. Yasuhiro Watanabe was sentenced by U.S. District […]

Robber who targeted elderly Asian residents arrested

Police have arrested a man believed to have committed multiple robberies and burglaries in San Francisco’s Japantown and Chinatown in the past few months. German Woods, a 57-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested July 13 on suspicion of committing multiple robberies and burglaries in those neighborhoods since April, police said. Woods was believed to be […]

OBITUARY: Aiko Inouye

INOUYE, AIKO, 100, of San Francisco, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2014. She was the devoted wife of the late Hisao Inouye (2008). Aiko (Toyomura) Inouye was born in Yamaguchi-ken, Japan on Dec. 19, 1913. Aiko and Hisao Inouye were married on Dec. 3, 1936 and were devoted spouses for almost 72 years. Aiko […]

Three named to All-Star Game

New York Yankees rookie pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish were selected to the MLB All-Star Game, the league announced July 6.  Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA) leads the majors in wins and becomes the seventh Japanese player to be named an All-Star in his rookie season.  Darvish (8-4, 2.63 ERA) makes his […]

A serendipitous mission to restore a treasured Walnut Grove, Calif. bath house

WALNUT GROVE, Calif. — Back in the early 1900s, the small town of Walnut Grove, Calif., situated along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, was a flourishing Japanese community. Often called the “Kawashimo” by Japanese immigrants, the town had several Japanese-owned shops, including the Kawamura Barber Shop, Ben’s Drugs, Hayashi Company and many others. Among the […]

‘HIDDEN LEGACY’: Film showcases the preservation of Japanese arts in the wartime concentration camps

SAN JOSE — June 28 marked the premiere film screening of “Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps” at San Jose’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. The film explores the practice and preservation of Japanese cultural arts in the American concentration camps, and is the result of more […]

Seminar traces roots of Buddhists’ support for LGBTQ rights

BERKELEY, Calif. — In the national dialogue surrounding gay rights, the question “What is the Christian view of homosexuality?” often arises. This can be attributed to that fact that the vast majority of Americans identify as Christian, (some 77 percent according to a Gallup poll). However, in the Japanese Americans community (according to the Pew […]

Man convicted in pit bull mauling of step-grandson gets probation, 1-year jail sentence

MARTINEZ, Calif.  — A Concord man whose pit bulls fatally mauled his 2-year-old step-grandson after leaving the boy and his 4-year-old brother unsupervised one morning four years ago was sentenced in a Martinez courtroom July 7 to a year in jail and three years probation.  Steven Hayashi, 55, received the sentence during a hearing in […]

War vet Kuwayama, who saved Daniel Inouye’s life, dies

WASHINGTON — Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama, a 442nd Regimental Combat Team combat medic, passed away June 29, the Japanese American Veterans Association said in a statement. He was 96. Kuwayama was born in 1918 in Manhattan in New York.   He entered the U.S. Army in 1941. Initially, he was assigned to a Coast Artillery National Guard unit […]

Setting the Record Straight: The play ‘No-No Boy’

  I saw the play “No-No Boy” at the Studio Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City on May 14, 2014. Ken Narasaki is the playwright adapting the play from a novel written by John Okada that was first published in 1957. Ron Nakahara directed the play, and the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre produced […]

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